Low Isles

Situated 15 kilometres north-east of Port Douglas, the Low Isles comprise a four acre coral cay surrounded by 55 acres of reef. The reefs are very close to the island, which makes snorkelling an easy and enjoyable experience. The two small islands are separate but share the common reef.

The larger of the two, Woody Island, is uninhabited except for a large bird population. It is a vital habitat for many species.

The smaller of the Low Isles is a coral cay with a lighthouse that has been operating since 1878. Weather data has been gathered from the island since 1887, and scientific associations date back to 1928 when it was the base for a year-long scientific survey that examined the structure and ecology of the surrounding reef. This was the first scientific study of a coral reef anywhere in the world, and many current theories of coral reef ecology are based on the findings of this expedition.

There are 150 different species of hard corals in the waters surrounding Low Isles, although these are dominated by 15 species of soft corals. If you look closely, the feathery tentacles of soft corals can often be seen collecting tiny food particles from the water around them. Living amongst the corals is a large variety of fish, molluscs, sea cucumbers and other animals. Colourful blue, green and purple parrotfish are a common sight as well as angelfish, damselfish, anenomefish or clownfish, trevally, rabbitfish, sweetlip, moon wrasse and fusilleers, just to name a few! Plus, you might run into the resident turtles.

The lightstation (controlled by Queensland Parks and Wildlife) on the flat low lying western island, was completed and exhibited in 1878. The 18 metre tower was originally constructed on a timber frame with a galvanised sheath in the typical Queensland fashion, however Low Isles was the first to have porthole windows.

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Mackay Choral Society presents Legends Through Time

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$24.90 - 35
17 December 2017
Mackay Choral Society and the Producers of “Legendary” bring to Mackay Audiences a third Legendary concert - Legends Through Time: A Musical Tribute. This Legendary show will take audiences on a journey as they follow the travels of their gallant knight as he seeks his fair maiden.

Greater Whitsunday Farmers Markets

Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 20 December 2017
The Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Market is the showcase of local, fresh produce and value added products from within Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday Region. Every Wednesday afternoon in Mackay's vibrant city heart on the beautiful Bluewater Quay, join families and restaurateurs in buying local produce that does not come any fresher.

Back to Mackay for Christmas Race Day

Ooralea, Mackay Area
Free Entry
23 December 2017
Do you have friends, family or out of town visitors coming to Mackay for Christmas Day this year? Christmas time is when everyone comes home to see family and friends. This year you can get them all together and enjoy a day at the races on Saturday December 23.

Christmas Lunch

Glenella, Mackay Area
From AU$0.00 - 104.99
25 December 2017
Enjoy Magpies famous traditional Christmas Lunch this Christmas Day: a buffet of honey glazed baked ham, roast turkey, pork and beef, cold meats, king prawns, pacific oysters, salads and vegetables, then finish with trifle, pavlova and plum pudding with brandy custard.

Deadly 60 Downunder

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$49 - 179
10 January 2018
After two sell-out Australian tours, Steve Backshall, the star of the hit television show Deadly 60 is returning to Australia with his brand new stage show. However this time there is big difference … this summer Steve will appear live on stage with some of Australia’s deadliest animals!

Rebel Women’s Big Bash League - Brisbane Heat Vs Melbourne Stars

Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
12 – 13 January 2018
The Women’s Big Bash League is coming to Mackay under lights! See the Brisbane Heat take on the Melbourne Stars at Harrup Park. Don’t miss a moment of the blockbuster action as some of the worlds best female cricketers take to the field.

International Pro Darts Showdown Series

Mackay, Mackay Area
27 – 28 January 2018
It's time for a showdown that really hits the target. For the first time ever, Queensland audiences will have the chance to see international champion dart players up close and personal! Come and join the action of one of the fastest growing sports and see for yourself why audiences are hailing pro darts as one of the best nights out by far.

The Pirates of Penzance – Twenty-first (and final!) Anniversary Tour

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$15 - 22
10 February 2018
Promac Productions have toured through Australia for several years now, with their unique versions of classic Gilbert and Sullivan musicals. Undoubtedly the most critically acclaimed and most popular is The Pirates of Penzance, with a cast of only six!

Ash Grunwald

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$22 - 45
14 February 2018
See Ash Grunwald perform live at the MECC this Valentine’s Day! Blistering live sets on the festival circuit throughout Australia, Japan, Canada, America, Europe and the UK, have had critics and fans raving about his unique blend of roots, blues, beats and a whole lotta groove for more than a decade.

Velos in the Valley

Mackay Harbour, Mackay Area
7 – 8 April 2018
Come and join them on an cycling adventure through the Pioneer Valley, Mackay Queensland. Their route will take you from the Mackay Marina to Finch Hatton cruising their country roads, cane fields and bush.
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